On Wednesday 9th May 2018 we held our Heritage Day celebrations at the Assembly Rooms in Bath. The annual event allows final year students to display the best of their Norland Diploma work to their fellow students, friends and family.
The event began by showcasing our London Baby Coach pram, built in 1971 but newly restored by Flyde Coachbuilt Prams. Having undergone restoration work over the course of several weeks, the pram was delivered to our York Place campus where it remained until Tuesday 8th May, when Amy, a final year student, volunteered herself to push it up to the Assembly Rooms. To make it even more of an occasion, we were pleased to be able to offer six-month old Georgie the opportunity to be the first baby in the pram since its restoration.
Heritage Day itself began with a visit from Barton Peveril Sixth Form College students from the Sociology and Health and Social Care faculty. Travelling from Eastleigh in Hampshire for the event, approximately 30 students came by coach to hear all about Norland College’s degree with a difference and the lifelong career prospects that follow.
The students were then able to explore a range of artefacts spanning Norland’s 126 years of heritage which were on display, including Emily Ward’s notebook from the founding days of the College. Our final year students, working in groups, designed and built their displays to demonstrate the practical skills they had acquired and to show how they have evolved as early years practitioners during their three years at Norland College.
Once everybody had taken their opportunity to look at each of the students’ displays in detail, the ceremony began in the impressive setting of the Ballroom. Dr Janet Rose, Principal of Norland College, hosted the ceremony and used her introductory speech to outline how Norland remains steeped in history, but firmly focused on the future.
The ceremony then progressed to the presentation of the awards. Presenting the awards was a collection of Norland VIPs, including Trustees and Directors of Norland, the President, Elizabeth Bazeley and former Principal Thirza Ashelford, who herself trained at Norland College.
The Heritage Day 2018 winners were:
• Molly Moore – the Norland Bake Off award
• Emily Hillard and Isobel Rimmer – the Super Stitcher award
• Brittany Smith – the Patsy Taylor award
• Rebecca Moore – the Student Volunteer of the Year award
• Katie Thomas – the Principal’s award
• Megan Mozol, Amber Minns, Georgia Guttridge, Libby Crossley, Katie Thomas, Holly Howard and Anna Whiting for their entry ‘Our Norland Milestones’ – Best Display award
Following the awards the Norland heritage video was played, reminding us of the journey Norland has been on. Bethan Jones (Head of Students) and Rachel Cooper (Deputy Head of Students) then delivered a student-led presentation, which included a collection of photographs taken during Set 39’s time at Norland College, highlighting the fun that the students have had together during their time at the College.
The audience were also treated to two songs from the Norland Choir, plus a special Makaton signed version of Jane and Michael Banks ‘The Perfect Nanny’ letter from the Mary Poppins film. The event rounded-off with tea and cake, featuring Norland cake toppers, and the final opportunity of the day to purchase Norland branded merchandise.
Head to our Facebook album for photos covering the entirety of the day.
A special thanks to everybody who contributed towards making it such a memorable event.